Immigrant Unfairness

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The topic in hand is the unfairness toward illegal immigrants in the United States and the lack of acknowledgement to their contribution to the country. This topic has constantly arised when immigration reforms are being discussed, most states speak negatively of immigrants; how they take American jobs, infiltrate the welfare, do not pay taxes, etc. When on the contraire they are the ones negatively being affected due to the necessity of a social security number. America is known as the “land of opportunity”, however the opportunity is not being given to immigrants in search of a better life, the values of the country – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness— is now limited, which should not.
The United States was established by immigrants and is still dependent among them; the unfairness towards immigrants is not what the United States was established for— “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty” is what is stated in the constitution— the government is disregarding a central contribution to the economy, rather than accommodating their needs. Since the early years of America, the country has been known as the “land of opportunity”, with the promise of jobs, land and freedom from persecution. In the nineteenth century the English boarded the Mayflower destined to a country where an individual could commence a new life with an equal chance of success or failure, no matter what country he or she came from (Ewig, 2012). The nineteenth century immigrant view of the United States has not changed much in twenty first century; America is still seen as “the land of opportunity”, however entering the country and becoming a citizen has amount to be more difficult now; laws and bills have been enacted to regul...

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